Breezy Johnson

Professional Ski Racer & Outdoor Lover

Hometown

Jackson, Wyoming

Current

Jackson, Wyoming

Growing up in Jackson Hole with a name like Breezy basically solidified a bright future as an outdoor athlete. Breezy first fell in love with alpine ski racing at a young age and never looked back. At age 18 she qualified for the U.S. Ski Team, started racing on the World Cup circuit at age 19 and qualified for her first Olympic Team in 2018 at age 21. She went on to finish 7th and 14th in the Downhill and Super G respectively. After fighting back from two serious knee injuries, Breezy returned to competition just before the pandemic picked up, with two fifth place finishes in some of her first races back. During the 2021 season she podiumed at the World Cup four times in a row, finishing the season ranked 4th in world.

Follow Breezy's season on Instagram @breezyjohnsonski

What does living the mountain life mean to you?

Living the mountain life isn't the easiest path, but the beautiful ones rarely are. The mountain life to me means freedom and empowerment to both challenge yourself and find something that is always larger (both physically and metaphorically) than you are. 

Outside of ski racing, what are your favorite aspects of living in Jackson, Wyoming?

I love the outdoor space and the people that love ripping it up in that space. It's a really unique place that has such love of activity and the outdoors. 

Do you have any goals or objectives for the coming year?

With the Olympics this winter, that is a huge goal of mine. I feel poised to win a medal and I am working as hard as I can to ensure it, and hopefully make it gold. I am also looking toward the season as an opportunity to win the Downhill globe on the World Cup circuit.

Was there ever a breakthrough moment in your career? 

I think my first World Cup was a huge turning point in my career. I had been struggling at the Nor Am level, but really found my space on the World Cup. When most athletes feel intimidated and overwhelmed at their first World Cup I remember looking at the course and thinking 'this is the skiing I was born to do.' I placed 32nd in Lake Louise that year and felt like that gave me the confidence to keep going at a time when I worried my career was ending.

What does it take to be one of the fastest skiers on the World Cup circuit?

Confidence! But besides that, a work ethic that loves both the days in the spotlight and the hard work required to get you to the spotlight. It's easy to love what you do when you're winning. You need to find a way to enjoy the everyday aspects of it too.

How do you wind down at the end of the ski season?

Time with my pooch and cats. Nothing better than a jog with my dog Shadow followed by snuggles with my cat Nugget. Also just getting outside and enjoying the amazing place I live.

What are a few of your favorite activities to do when you're not on snow?

When I'm not skiing, I love to go running with my dog (both on snow and off). Hiking in the Tetons has to be one of my favorite activities as well. I love cooking, with ice cream being one of my favorite recipes (I make a bomb vegan coffee cookie ice cream). I also love knitting! And I recently got into mountain biking which I am enjoying a lot now!

Do you have an advice for up and coming athletes?

Be confident! In my experience you bring out your best athletic self when you believe in your abilities and set forth to execute your plan. Confidence and cockiness are often put together these days and so confidence is often frowned upon, but I think it's a critical skill to doing whatever you want to do well.